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Bellator XXV Recap: Who Wants to See Two Large Men Laying Down?

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(Scott "Bear" Barrett rocking the most ironic boxer-briefs in Bellator history. Photo courtesy of Bellator.com)

By DL “@ReXone3” RichardsonJr

Bellator FC rolled into Chicago this week, in the second stop of the season 3 tour. On the menu for the evening are two heavyweight tilts, one women’s featherweight bout, and a handful of showcase fights. Bellator has continued to sign talent, and they bring in a few UFC vets to fill out the card: Brad Blackburn (3-2 UFC) is matched up with Dan Hornbuckle, who came up short last season in the welterweight tournament. Brian Gassaway lost to Diego Sanchez back at UFC 54 when Diego was the next big thing, and he faces off against fellow one-and-done Zuffa employee Kevin Knabjian, who lost to Brock Larson in the WEC. And for those of you who enjoy the finer things in life — pimpin’, traveling the world, and spinning elbows, Bellator presents Mr International himself, Shonie Carter.

Bellator has done everything they can to ensure an entertaining show. Will the tournaments continue to be action-packed? Will one of these vets make a statement with their performance? Will Jimmy Smith and Sean Wheelock correctly pronounce “Megumi Fujii”? Will Cole Konrad come out in a singlet, bro-ssiere, maybe both?

Well, I have some answers for you. You may not like them, but I got them….

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Latest Wave of UFC Firings Claims Rob Emerson, Brad Blackburn + More

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(Fabricio Camoes loads up on Caol Uno at UFC 106. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

The UFC did some spring cleaning this week, shredding the contracts of four recent fight-losers. In order of least surprising to most surprising…

Fabricio Camoes: During his brief stint in the UFC, Camoes drew with Caol Uno (who was released last week along with Lucio Linhares) then got choked out by Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 111. If you’re a relatively unknown prospect, you can’t really hope for more than two chances to pick up your first win in the Octagon. Back to the bush leagues…

Rob Emerson: His unanimous decision loss to rising prospect Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 21 was his third defeat in his last four fights, and dropped his career record to a grim 9-9. It was a little odd to see Emerson get this fight in the first place, as it came less than two months after his decision win over Phillipe Nover at UFC 109, but it’s just been too long since Emerson truly impressed. You hate to see that happen to such a kindhearted person

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Brad Blackburn: I Only Took the Fight with Amir Sadollah Because “People Know Who He Is”


(Blackburn vs. Jay Hieron, 6/1/07)

Brad Blackburn is 3-0 in the UFC and hasn’t lost a fight since 2007, and yet he still doesn’t feel he’s getting the recognition – or the accompanying paycheck – that he deserves. The fame he could take or leave, he says, but the money is a different story. In this exclusive interview, “Bad” Brad tells us exactly what he’s hoping to accomplish when he faces Amir Sadollah (who, as we already know, is expecting things to be pretty terrible) at tonight’s UFC Fight Night 20, and why he has every reason to think he’ll be successful.

CagePotato.com: You’ve been in the sport for a while now, but it seems like a lot of casual fans, people who are only UFC fans, still have no idea who you are.

Blackburn: Yeah, that’s true. UFC fans. Which is the bulk of the fans.

Do you feel like the fight with Amir, who a lot of them probably know, is a chance to change that?

That’s exactly how I feel. Actually, that’s why I took the fight. If he didn’t have a big name it wouldn’t be worth the risk since he hasn’t really done a lot. He’s only had a couple fights. He’s a game fighter and he had a couple good wins, but he hasn’t done a lot in the sport. The value in it for me is his name. People know who he is.

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Exclusive: Amir Sadollah’s Strategy? Always Expect the Worst


(Skoal and balloons. Looks like everything’s coming up Milhouse. Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)

There’s a reason Amir Sadollah wasn’t fazed when Phil Baroni blitzed him with an all-out assault in the opening minutes of their UFC 106 bout. Really, there are two reasons. For one, it was Baroni, so he had reason to expect that. For another, Sadollah always expects things to go badly. Always.

“That’s kind of my mindset in life,” he says. “Expect the worse and most of the time it’s not as bad. But sometimes it’s worse."

It might sound like a negative way to go through life, but Sadollah doesn’t see it that way. To him, it’s motivating. If he goes into each fight expecting it to be a fifteen-minute nightmare, it will make him bust his ass in the gym and prepare him mentally for the worst-case scenario. Even when he wins, and does so in impressive fashion, as he did against Baroni, he doesn’t like to dwell on the positives, he says.

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Amir Sadollah Returns Next Month Against Brad Blackburn

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(Photo courtesy of Sherdog)

Fresh off his unanimous decision victory over veteran brawler Phil Baroni at UFC 106, Amir Sadollah will be going right back into action less than two months later. The TUF 7 winner will reportedly face Brad Blackburn in the main card of UFC Fight Night 20 (January 11th; Fairfax, VA); the event will be headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard.

Sadollah’s professional record currently stands at a mere 2-1, including his submission win over CB Dollaway at the TUF 7 Finale and his 29-second TKO loss to Johny Hendricks in August. By contrast, Blackburn has 28 pro fights under his belt and is currently 3-0 in the UFC. "Bad Brad" most recently won a split-decision over Edgar Garcia at the TUF 9 Finale in June, despite being the recipient of the Gnarliest Punch Face of 2009. Blackburn also holds notable victories over Jay Hieron, Ryo Chonan, and Chris Wilson. Will Amir rise to the challenge, or is he straight-up outgunned here?

Speaking of Sadollah’s old foe CB Dollaway, the Doberman also has his next appearance booked, as he’s scheduled to meet Goran Reljic at UFC 110 in February.

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More Bouts Added to Upcoming UFC Events

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(Brad Blackburn is moving on up.)

The UFC has been busy this week. Between throwing together the July 19 Anti-Affliction show and preparing for the TUF 7 Finale on Saturday, someone in the Zuffa offices has definitely earned themselves a vacay (don’t worry, Anderson Silva will fill in for you while you’re gone).

For Saturday night’s show, Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough has been officially added, bringing the total number of scheduled bouts to eleven. They won’t all fit into the three-hour broadcast, but that might just mean we get spared having to sit through another Marvin Eastman joint.

For the July 19 show, former IFL fighter Brad Blackburn has reportedly been signed to take on fellow UFC newcomer James Giboo. As previously reported, another former IFL fighter, Reese Andy, will make his UFC debut as he welcomes Brandon Vera to the light heavyweight division.

While a lot of fans may not be familiar with Andy, he’s a former college wrestling standout at the University of Wyoming who could potentially give Vera some problems on the mat. He’s also competed at heavyweight before, so he probably won’t be giving up too much weight.

Also expected on this card — which is officially titled UFC Fight Night 14 — is Frankie Edgar squaring off with Hermes Franca, Jake O’Brien and Cain Velasquez, and Kevin Burns against Anthony Johnson.

Oh, and that Anderson Silva guy will be taking on James Irvin. If that sort of thing interests you.

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IFL Adds To April 4th Card


(Brad Blackburn: “My nickname sucks ass.”)

It’s about three weeks away from the IFL’s next event – which will see the return of Chris Horodecki when he takes on the just added lightweight, Nate Lamotte. Lamotte is an IFL virgin and is not the only fighter being added to the April 4th fight card. Featherweight Rafael Dias will be fighting in his second IFL battle when he joins another IFL addition, first time IFLer Carmelo Marrero, to battle for American Top Team.

ATT will face Miletich Fighting Systems’ fighters Mike Ciesnolevicz and L.C. Davis (Davis will face Dias). The last addition is “Bad” Brad Blackburn, who has compiled a 3-6 record since 2005 with one no contest. No stranger to the IFL, “Bad” Brad is slated to face Delson Heleno, who at 13-4, will be looking to bounce back from an injury TKO to Jay Hieron in December.

Here’s the rundown for the rest of the event:

When: Friday, April 4, 2008
Where: East Rutherford, N.J.

Additional Bout
155 lbs.: Chris Horodecki (11-1) vs. Nate Lamotte (6-2)

American Top Team vs. Miletich Fighting Systems
145 lbs.: Rafael Dias (10-3-1) vs. LC Davis ( 9-1)
170 lbs.: Emyr Bussade (10-5) vs. Rory Markham (12-3)
205 lbs.: Carmelo Marrero (7-2) vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz (13-3)

Midwest Combat vs. Renzo Gracie Academy
155 lbs.: Bart Palaszewski (29-10) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (9-2)
170 lbs.: Brad Blackburn (11-9-1) vs. Delson Heleno (13-4)
205 lbs.: Vladimir Matyushenko (20-3) vs. Jamal Patterson (4-1)

Additional Championship Bouts
170 lbs.: Jay Hieron (14-4) vs. Mark Miller (8-2)
145 lbs.: Wagnney Fabiano (9-1) vs. Shad Lierley (2-1)

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